I will start off by saying I hate Networking. Hate it. Haaaaaate it. It could be because I am the worst at it. The first few years in this industry, I refused to go to networking events. It is not that I didn’t want to meet anyone, but the thought of actually going into an event alone and walking around meeting people made me cringe. Also, my mind literally rejects names. Seriously. The moment someone tells me their name – I’ve forgotten it. It’s the worst quality when you are trying to network.
When I went full-time with SLD – I knew I wanted to take networking more seriously. I was getting busier and wanted to expand my circle so my brides would have access to the best in the industry. I also wanted to genuinely meet other people I could relate to. I wanted to be inspired by them. So I started going to those “networking things” – and my perception began to change.
The above photo (from Scott Clark Photo) was from a great industry event put on by Elan Artists just a few weeks ago. I don’t know how I could have ever been adverse to events that have amazing Vanilla Bake Shop goodies overflowing the tables. This was just one of MANY events I’ve been to in the last year. It was kind of a 2013 goal of mine ( that I rocked by the way). Going to these events has made me love the wedding and event world even more and more importantly, it has made me feel apart of something bigger. A special thanks to Kristeen LaBrot, Cat from Next Exit Photography, Tara from Make-Up Therapy, Laura from Beautiful Day Photography, Maya Myers, Krista Mason and Bess from Celadon and Celery for being so darn fun at these events and welcoming me into this world with open arms. I am thrilled to have this new community of talented artists I call friends.
The moral of the story is – get over the shyness – don’t be too cool for school, and go to industry events. And if you are new to this world and see me out, say hi sometime… Just make sure to say your name like 5 times in our conversations and we will be great friends. Do I love networking now? No. No I don’t. But I guess I don’t hate it after all. Once you go to a few events- it is no longer networking. It is a night out with your favorite “co-workers” and an opportunity to meet a few more along the way.